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welcome tow assignment 7. i'm janelle wang. today on our program. this woman never got to use the battered woman's defense and tiny patients undergoing adult life procedures. plus.... >> a 49er fan has warning for all others. what he found in his season ticket information that has him seeing red. but we begin with stem cell technology. despite a court ruling that bars embryonic stem cell research california is on the forefront
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of promising research. >> stanford university neurosurgeon gary steinberg says he sees a day when stroke victims will be healed. >> investigating other strategies to recover function after a stroke by basically regenerating the brain tissue. >> he found that mice that suffered strokes regenerated brain tissue after being injected with stem cells. you put the stem cells after induce ago stroke in a rodent mammal that the rodent recovers behave. >> his research shows promise for human patients. his findings were made possible by a grant from the california institute from regenerative that the agency created by voters to supply 3 bye for stem cell research over ten years. >> bee received grant for $20
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million and that kind of funding is not available from the conditional sources. >> alan is president of the center. >> basic is going really well. >> funding was held up in the courts for about three years while religious groups, but they have shelled out a billion dollars to researchers and universities all over the state. >> making the golden state the leader in stem cell studies. >> california is just a massive amount o whinergy which in total is largest in the world. >> of the nine research centers, two of the largest is here in the bay area. stanford and u.c. san francisco. they were attracting stem cell researchers from around the globe. the emphasis is sharing research between labs and between institutions.
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>> even across institutions, we've reached out nationally and to pull the best scientists together. so to do that you will be just denied. >> stem cell research building received more than $43 million from the state and additional $75 million was chipped in by a private donor. it will be the largest facility in the nation dedicated to stem cell research. ucsf was grand $35 million from the center for its lab perched on a hillside behind the campus hospital. private donors chipped in $48 million to get it finished. a doctor heads up the settlement cell study. >> they will have laboratories that will work from very basic biology of stem cells to cutting edge clinical work and the most of the time of ideas and concepts from the bench to the bedside. >> building will be home to 25
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leading scientists working with 25 leading researchers. each lab is connected to the next. the doctor says he never would have imagined stem cell research would have moved forward so quickly but how he is more optimistic than ever that cures will be found thanks to funding in the state. it mirrors the patient activity in the science, things have been moving extremely fast. just a year other two it was inconceivable that we could make stem cell lines that was patient specific. now that hass routine. >> a california woman given a life sentence killing important her abusive ex-boyfriend and paroled has a special request for governor swarzenegger. >> if i don't find it or pursue it will be dropped to the ground. >> reporter: she was paroled from a southern california prison ten years ago by then
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governor greg davis. this deeply religious woman is filing a request to governor swarzenegger for a pardon based on innocence. i first met her at the prison. she was serving a 27 year to life sentence for killing her ex-boyfriend a wealthy older man. >> my brother came to rescue me and it hit my brother and then it him. >> rose was 23. he served is a years before governor davis ordered her parole. he said they committed a grave crime but this has all the characteristics of battered women's syndrome. she is known as doctor rose parker sterling. she is married to a minister,
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michael sterling. she reui identity with the children that grew up the with her but the pain from that awful day will always be with her. >> governor swarzenegger looks at the case and says this should have been done and we'll grant her a pardon. it was the time. the time is now. a new study reveals that the 30 largest school districts in california have done away with the program to reduce class size education reporter lyanne melendez takes a look at the possible impact. >> it's the end of the week and this frustrated teacher is exhausted.
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this year she has more students in the classroom. open schools are not the only onasing class increasing class n kindergarten through third grade. one has 20 students for every teacher. a new study by california watch shows the state's largest watch 30 districts have classes above 30 students in those lower grades. martha helps with early reading and larger classes some with up to 30 kids will have an impact on students. >> not getting as much attention from the teacher and kindergarten is critical to begin early reading skills. with more children they are not going to get as much small group attention. >> according to california watch the state has spent $23 billion in the past 14 years in the small class program. in a matter of two years the program has crumbled in most school districts. >> california watch reporter
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lewis freedberg poured over the data. >> we are making policy based on how much money they're not whether it's good or bad policy for the children. >> for most, the economic picture lessened when the stimulus money ran on out. conference teachers were laid off. he says they are challenging times for educators. now you have a situation where teachers are under enormous pressure to have their kids do better on the battery of tests that kids get every year and sometimes more frequently than that and more kids to handle in their classes and often fewer resources and fewer intervention specialists, reading specialists all of which are being cut debate principal of lafayette agrees. >> they basically feel unsupported because there is not clear evidence that they are
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being prioritized. they are wanting to there and they are giving their all to the students here. they don't seem to be appreciated. >> many school districts don't feel they'll go back to the magic 20 number anytime soon. lyanne melendez, "abc 7 news." >> up next, another bay area medical breakthrough. >> the toxin and it works for them. >> coming up what may free kidney patients from dialysis.
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breakthrough technology and development in the bay area could eventually free thousands of kidney patients from dialysis carolyn johnson has more. >> david anderson knows this drill all too well, after a transplanted kidney gave out he
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spent three days a week hooked up to a dialysis machine. >> i don't leave san francisco very often. >> but thousands of patients could be free from dialysis. >> this is a device that will have a filter. >> a professor is holding a prototype of what could become the first implantable artificial kidney. >> we have a toxin and the rest of the blood will not. >> after it's purified the blood flows through a second chamber called a bio reactor, with kidney cells that react with the blood. they perform some of the same functions as a healthy kidney, including. because of that ability, researchers believe the implantable device could free
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patients from dialysis but treat them in ways that traditional dialysis machines do not. >> so long as it filters all the blood in the body and then the chemistry levels in the body. so what away do with dialysis, we do the filtration part and we can't fine-tune the chemistry levels very well. >> he is a professor of medicine at ucsf. they can experience a variety of symptoms and some use drugs normally handled by the kidneys. >> the most significant thing we would be able to adjust the chemistry level all the time. that should make them a lot better. >> unlike the mockup in his lab, he says the implantable model would work with the body's natural blood pressure instead of a pump and it could
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theoretically be implanted for the long term. >> we have to do a lot more testing but the lab experiments. >> potentially providing a breakthrough for dialysis,. >> all these things are very difficult and very expensive but they are cheaper than $20,000 a month for dialysis. health in other health news, bay area doctors and engineers are teaming up to change the future of health care for infants. they are working on the tools that cater to pediatric surgery. >> he a pediatric surgeon at stanford's hospital. pablo garcia is an accomplished engineer. together the two men share one goal, develop desperately needed
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surgical instruments to use on the tiniest of patients. >> we are a nonprofit. we have the luxury of being able to concentrate on problems that are important, not necessarily problems that have a big financial return. >> the doctor has i am pro invitation had and in order to perform more evasive surgery. take a conditio ane and severe problem in which the swallowing tube is abnormally attached to the airwaves. the fix can be traumatic. >> when you make a big incision in the chest wall, it can call problems with chest wall deform it or a scoliosis. >> they are working on a patented product that will allow
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them to reach the point of surgery to the mouth. five-year-old ryan goldberg could be a candidate the for use of the new product. he still faces challenges associated with scar tissue from his original surgery as a premature baby. >> he still has some issue with regard to eating. >> pablo garcia wants to scale down the design and this is not the only product in the pipeline. they were on the cutting edge of robotic surgery and now ra enumerate to explore the uncharted territory of pediatric devices. >> careful define requires optimum new approaches and new manufacturing techniques. it's about making a product that is effective. >> the federal government as spent $1 million to help the team commercialize innovative
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tools. surgeons committed to saving lives hopes that it attracts more supporters. >> there may be some societies that would like to see certain diseases addresswood these devices. >> they could change the teamwork of pediatric care and the lives of young patients. at stanford, "abc 7 news." coming up, 7 on your side, a heads up for 49er fans, sig
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there is controversy and excitement around the 49ers possible move to the southwevere however there are details that aren't sitting well with season ticket holders.
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the story from michael finney. >> in the end zone! >> the 49ers online video is big and bold. looking back on an incredible past and forward to a bright future in a new stadium. it's enough to give any long time fan he a long time fan and it gives him something else. >> and all you 49er fans, look what they are trying to do to us. >> the office is packed with 49er memorabilia and he and his associates and tickets go all the way back to kezar stadium. he has never paid a seat license fee, never planned to until he read the latest paperwork that came with his season ticket. >> even though all these promise
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to buy your season tickets the same seats. but this year they are telling us that we have no expectation that we're going to have any seats. we have no equitable right. >> welcome to the economics of professional sports. >> sports director larry beil says he is not a defender or detractor of the practice but points out it's widespread in today's world. >> if they are going to put down a billion dollars to build a stadium, they to have finance it. the raw numbers there is certain ways to finance it and one of those ways in the modern era is personal fee licenses. >> they call the licenses as bl's or stadium builders licenses. they declined an interview saying selling licenses is a long way off but all dollars from the stadium builders license goes to the funding and maintenance of the building. none of the revenue goes to the
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49ers. key elements of an sbl, teif time and transferable, ours will be both. season ticket holders were informed about sbl's in a personal element. so sbl's can deliver a lot and personally cost a lot. are they an investment. >> are we talking the 49ers of the 80s or the 49's of the mid 90s. >> the time share columnist for the san francisco examiner, and seat licenses have been compared to time shares he sees them more like a condominium. >> i can sell my tickets. i can give my tickets away, but i have complete control over virtually every event at that vaccine because those are my seats. >> is there any recourse. an attorney says not really.
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>> football teams are businesses. they are providing an entertainment service. people become, i love my football team and my football team loves me. they do. to the extent that it keeps money coming in the door. >> so now you know. for this, for that. >> i haven't heard it and if it wasn't for 78 on your side, a lot of people wouldn't have heard it. >> i'm michael finney, 7 on your side. >> when we come back, culinary restaurants, the
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every bay area restaurateur wants two things, success and a star from the mitch len guide. the new edition has new comers joining familiar favorites. don sanchez takes a look. >> the creativity of chefs, northern california's restaurant reputation, recognition in the michelin guide means you have arrived. >> this is the fifth san francisco edition which highlights 519 restaurants and they award culinary achievement the highest ranking belongs to two napa resta napa restaurant. french laundry wins and meadow woods moves up to three stars. >> there are just 91 restaurants worldwide that have 3 stars.
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this is one of 39 restaurants that earned one star. it's been opened for less than a year. the owner named it after her grandmother. >> it's like a family and i think that conservation the dining experience. >> your creativity has something to do with it? >> a little bit. >> and this is editor's choice, good value like the slanted door in the ferry building. >> they have been around 15 years, 6 years at this location. it started a revolution with family style. restaurants feature fresh and local ingredients that has made the bay area a gourmet paradise and they have it for them.
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>> the great tools for consumers to start out, because this town there is so many restaurants you can go to. >> if you want more information on the stories on our program go to our website at and look under the news lijs on the left side for assignment 7. that is all for this edition of assignment 7. i'm janelle wang. i'm janelle wang. >> alan: the web site wiki leaks released thousands of documents, some of them detailing cyberattacks against a silicon valley company. the korean community reactions to the growing tension between the north and south korea. and later, baffled animal experts weigh in on the case of an otter that has
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